Public-Private Partnerships

Several decades after the introduction and promotion by powerful international organizations and bilateral donors of PPPs in education, the reciprocal influence of the public and private sectors has seen the two sectors come to behave similarly in many regards. The close collaboration between the public and private for-profit sectors, advanced as part and parcel of managerial reforms, has blurred the boundaries of how the two types of providers conceive, design, and speak of basic educational services and goods. How are policies of privatisation proposed and implemented by the public sector? What are the consequences, both short term and long term, of this intersection of the private and public sectors for education?

NORRAG’s work on Public-Private Partnerships encourages the production of knowledge and engagement of a range of stakeholders around the issue of private involvement in education, including publications, conferences, and consultations.

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Watch Antoni Verger’s video on his chapter ‘’Experimenting with educational development: International actors and the promotion of private schooling in vulnerable contexts’’, co-authored with Adrián Zancajo and Clara Fontdevila.

In his chapter ‘’Experimenting with educational development: International actors and the promotion of private schooling in vulnerable contexts’’,  co-authored with Adrián Zancajo and Clara Fontdevila, Antoni Verger describes the role and impact of international organizations in the promotion of private education. This chapter is part of NORRAG open-access book “The State,...
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Watch Alexandra Draxler’s video on NORRAG open-access book “The State, Business, and Education: Public-Private Partnerships Revisited”

In this podcast, Alexandra Draxler describes the unifying theme of NORRAG open-access book “The State, Business, and Education: Public-Private Partnerships Revisited”, edited with Gita Steiner-Khamsi, NORRAG Director and Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Graduate Institute. This edited volume illustrates the way in which the logic of private actors...
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Now Available “The State, Business, and Education: Public-Private Partnerships Revisited”

NORRAG’s open-access book “The State, Business, and Education: Public-Private Partnerships Revisited”, edited by Gita Steiner-Khamsi, NORRAG Director and Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Graduate Institute, and Alexandra Draxler, NORRAG Senior Advisor is now available (released October 2018). Look inside   This is the first volume in a...
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Resource Library

NORRAG SPECIAL ISSUE 01: The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities (January 2018)

NORRAG NEWS #41: The New Politics of Partnership: Peril or Promise? (December 2008)

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